Seats for Life

Hurry and bid on two lifetime memberships at Temple Emanu-El in Miami Beach before Rosh Hashonah. They start at $1.8 million on ebay.

From the auction description:

Temple Emanu-El “Membership for Life” begins September 2007 and includes: • Two comfortable seats in Section DD, Row 1, Seats 1 & 2 (Right in front of the Rabbi!) • Includes all Jewish holidays… Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, etc. • Includes all Shabbat services • Family name engraved on seats • Seats transferable within family (some restrictions apply) • Two custom-made Israeli tallitot and kippot • Free parking • Temple Emanu-El located in the heart of Miami Beach, Florida (walking distance to beach, Lincoln Road, etc.) For more information on Temple Emanu-El, please visit

From the AP story about the auction:

“It’s a gift that goes from one generation to another,” said Rabbi Kliel Rose, who came up with the concept with a little bit of chutzpah and the help of two congregants who work in advertising and marketing.

The auction ends Monday morning, but as of Saturday evening, no one had made a wager. Rose said he wasn’t surprised. He said the auction was more about gaining the attention of Jews who are disconnected from their faith.

“It has very little to do with the money,” Rose said. “Hypothetically, if the money comes, it would be great, but the idea was really just to be edgy.”

1 comment

  1. good post and yes, that was poor PR that backfired, and i heard from sources that the Rabbi in question, Kliel Rose, he is mortified over what happened, the way the news story was reported in that weird strange way, that makes it look bad for Jews, he didn’t mean for it to sound bad, but he knows now it came across wrong and bad and tacky, and he was mortified, i heard, really in a damage control mode right now trying to:

    1. undo his words
    2. undo his actions
    3. undo the antisemitic torrent he unleashed on the blogosphere
    4. undo the bad feelings he engendered among many Jews who hate it when rabbis do stupid things like and they backfire as well
    5. atone for his major PR gaffe ( one might call it a sin, yes)
    6. get ready for Rosh Hashanah
    7. rethink he priorities
    8. maybe plan an early retirement from the rabbinate, he was obviouslu not meant to be a rabbi, but then who was, only a few are good…

    wait for the follow up news story tomorrow in which the rabbi apologizes for his misdeeds, his major non on un-mitvah, one might say….


    September 10, 2007 8:21 AM

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    april 2007 NYTimes story, who knew?


    At Temple Emanu-El in South Beach, Rabbi Kliel Rose is striving to attract young Jews while keeping older, second- and third-generation members. The cavernous stone synagogue drew 1,200 families in the 1980s; it claims about 260 now.

    Rabbi Rose’s tactics include regular outings to South Beach bars and clubs, lectures on Kabbalah and a recent Havdalah ceremony, marking the end of Sabbath at sundown Saturday, with cocktails at Temple House. Rabbi Rose has added drums, guitar and an element of mysticism to Shabbat services. Still, to ensure the requisite 10 people for morning minyans, or prayer sessions, Temple Emanu-El teams up with the Cuban Hebrew Congregation, one of the neighborhood’s only other surviving synagogues.

    “We are truly experimenting,” said Rabbi Rose, 36, who wears an earring and was recruited from Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun, a booming unaffiliated synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. “We are trying to think outside the box.”

    September 11, 2007 5:15 AM

    dan 提到…
    followup: i heard that Rabbi Rose is mortified by what has happened in the media and blogosphere and he is trying make amends and apologize for what he did wrong. He really was taken by surprise byt the media story and antisemitic backlash from the AP story…..stay tuned…..TIME or NEWSWEEK should have something next week…. meanwhile. Happy Roshanah!

    September 11, 2007 5:17 AM

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